CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2000
The National Park Service plan to exterminate the four-legged rats of Anacapa Island. The method of choice is 10,000 pounds of poison pellets dropped from the sky via helicopter. The rats will die, any bird of prey that eats the rats will die and any predator that eats those eagles hawks, ravens and crows will die. A death chain. The National Park Service has poisoned and shot rabbits on Santa Barbara Island in the past. It has shot thousands of sheep on Santa Cruz Island and wild boars on Santa Rosa Island.
November 9, 1997
It occurs to me that ever since the Russians beat us into space with Sputnik in 1957, and also whenever our children's test scores are seen to be below their peers' in Taiwan, Switzerland or God knows where, we have the same knee-jerk reaction: We propose to cram more of the same (reading, writing and arithmetic) down their throats without much thought as to why it isn't working in the first place. The real answer is right in front of us, is counterintuitive and is hinted at in "Tune Time" [Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1988
Hooray for Jack Valenti! He is so right about leveraged buyouts ("Before Leveraged Debt Ruins Us, Government Must Rescue Us," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 30). And for the first time (that I have seen or heard) he addressed a concern I've long had--the employees of the companies being raided. Much time is given to management and the stockholders but where is there any thought or consideration given to those people who produce the goods and services offered by these companies? A two-legged stool will not stand.
September 6, 2009 |
This fall, structured jackets are kicking Michelle Obama's cardigans to the curb. After several seasons of sweet and ladylike, fashion has found its edge. The jacket -- be it long, loose and boyfriend-style by Stella McCartney, shrunken into a schoolboy silhouette at J.Crew, sequin-dusted at Zara, cropped and rendered in crisp white from 3.1 Phillip Lim or studded and shoulder-padded at Balmain -- is the key to fall's strong mood. And for good reason. No other piece of clothing, except perhaps a pair of heels, is as transformative.
May 7, 2005
Re "Why So Many Jobs Have Wanderlust," Opinion, May 1: Businesses stand on three legs: sales, operations and back office. Kenneth Swift has just facilitated the amputation of his company's supporting limb. Sure, Praveen works for a lot less and may have advanced degrees, but does he have an ounce of real loyalty? I have seen countless examples of clerical workers spending nights and weekends fixing and undoing the catastrophic miscalculations of executives like Swift. They do it because they belong to an organization and want that organization to succeed.
June 24, 2012 |
GIFU, Japan - Hidden away in the backroom of a modest apartment in this central Japanese city, one of Japan's last remaining hand-tattoo masters is preparing his tools. Over the last four decades Oguri Kazuo has tattooed notable geisha and countless yakuza , members of Japan's notorious mafia. Today, the 79-year-old artist, known professionally as Horihide (derived from " hori ," meaning "to carve"), is working on a client who is a little more subdued. Motoyama Tetsuro has spent hundreds of dollars, traveled thousands of miles and waited more than three decades for a session with Horihide.